Who: Laurel Halo
Where: Brooklyn, NY
While the washy synthscapes and peppy drum-machine beats of her debut EP, King Felix, underscore Laurel Halo's place in the current class of Brooklyn bedroom producers turning out leftfield electronic pop, her music is also marked by a sheen and wondrous nature that recalls vintage 4AD. Read more »
Who in the hell is Jon Giovanni? Besides being the latest signing to Sinden's Grizzly imprint, he's also a veteran, Grammy-award-winning artist—at least that's what we're being told; the guy is operating under an alias. Read more »
Who: Laurel Halo
Here, Portland tunesmith Tyler Tadlock (a.k.a. Spirituals) has delivered a preciously glitched-out remix of "Southern Suite C" by Moodgadget-signed producer Beautiful Bells (pictured above). What was originally an overwhelming bit of sub-heavy rhythms and churning audio shards has become something more serene and melodious, though equally full of sonic fragments. Spirituals creates a lush soundscape of skipping samples, bubbling atmosphere, and thick low-end tones for a minute and a half before introducing the skittering beat that carries the remainder of his version of "Southern Suite C," and travels even further down the path of playful, glitchy electronica à la Nobukazu Takemura or Oval (maybe even Four Tet) for its remaining six minutes.
French producer and Ed Banger acolyte DJ Medhi delivers this tastefully club-ready remix of "Love Thing Pt. 2" by NYC artist Eli Escobar. Boasting a vocal hook that reminds us of Kylie Minogue's infectious "Can't Get You Out of My Head," this track kicks off immediately with its sights set on the climax of playlists for your next hands-in-the-air dance party. And yet DJ Medhi's version has a mature and reserved vibe to its revelry—even when the tune is rocking three synth melodies, a string section, a funky bassline, a straight house beat with plenty of percussion, a slick vocal hook, and all kinds of aural filler, it all twists and shouts just beneath the red so we can fully enjoy every sound working together to make us groove. And if "Love Thing Pt. 2 (DJ Medhi Club Mix)" strikes your fancy, make sure to check out the rest of Love Thing Remix EP over here.
The fine folks over at Intruders.tv, the website responsible for bringing us some engaging interviews with the likes of Roska & Untold and Mount Kimbie, just recently sat down with Travis Stewart and Praveen Sharma (a.k.a. Sepalcure) while they were in the midst of touring the UK just before the release of Fleur, their second EP for the Hotflush label.Read more »
Here's a little something to help you play internet catch-up over the weekend. UK/Japanese-based brand/store/culture hub Oki-Ni has a pretty on-point mix series running on its website, which we just happened to stumble across. It's described as "a platform for us to unleash our favourite acts onto your ears via monthly free podcasts," going on to say, "Working with our favourite DJs, bands, and producers, the series aims to 'venture off the dancefloor'—allowing the artists involved to produce unique and personal snapshots of their record collections." The series has included acts like Bottin and The Very Best, a list to which veteran producer and one half of Two Lone Swordsmen Andrew Weatherall was recently added. Read more »
It was only this past Monday that we alerted you to the massive collection of tunes curated as the Top 100 Tracks of 2010 by electronic music retailer Bleep. That whole list of excellent forward-thinking music, more than nine hours of jams that includes songs from folks like Brian Eno, Ramadanman, oOoOO, Actress, Deadboy, FaltyDL, Balam Acab, James Blake, Forest Swords, Ikonika, and so many more, is also on sale for a reasonable price, but now you have a chance to win all 100 songs for absolutely free. Read more »
As one of the top-rated comments on this video of James Blake performing a cut from his forthcoming, self-titled album says, "Funny finally seeing him sing this... Weird." We couldn't agree more. But Blake's live performance isn't "weird" to us in any sort of unusual way; it's more "weird" in the sense that the producer/musician/singer/artist has long talked about putting together a proper live show, so actually seeing that for the first time—even if it is just in a video—is sort of like discovering your nerdy friend with Coke-bottle glasses wasn't joking when he said he could breakdance like a pro. Read more »
Like a reincarnation of Suicide without excessive drug use or a bizzarro Devo without any sense of humor, Oakland's Brotman & Short plumbs the depths of no-wave minimalism and proto-industrial nihilism to feed its dark, synth-heavy jams. Even on "Eastlands," one of the relatively lighter numbers from the duo's forthcoming nine-song LP for start-up label Cold Dick Records (side note: the label is helmed by occasional XLR8R scribe Thomas Rees), entitled Heights, the Bay Area outfit channels memories of Ian Curtis' disarming, baritone yawps and some of the more cohesive and driving numbers in Cabaret Voltaire's discography. Whether Brotman & Short are attempting to simply relive these ominous moments in musical history or actually take them to new heights remains to be seen, but with material like this, we wouldn't mind sticking around to find out. Heights will be released as a limited pressing of 500 LPs on February 8.
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